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Can anyone ID this insect?

 
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Aug 22, 2017 11:37 |  #1

I recently found this interesting looking insect. Does anyone happen to know which species that is?


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Aug 23, 2017 12:33 |  #2

Great shot.

A female scorpion fly, probably the Common Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis), the male shows how they get their name

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Looks perhaps a bit dangerous but they are completely harmless, the sting like organ are his male naughty bits :)

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Aug 23, 2017 12:52 |  #3

Thanks a lot! I had never seen any of these until I recently ran across this one. Hope I'll find more of them in the future, as they look pretty cool.




  
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Aug 23, 2017 13:00 |  #4

I don't know where you are in in the world Michael, but they are not uncommon in the SE UK where I am. They go for shady woodland areas with bracken, brambles or nettles.

Good hunting.


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Aug 24, 2017 00:23 |  #5

Good find and shot
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Aug 24, 2017 01:34 |  #6

Lester Wareham wrote in post #18435051 (external link)
I don't know where you are in in the world Michael, but they are not uncommon in the SE UK where I am. They go for shady woodland areas with bracken, brambles or nettles.

Good hunting.

I'm in Germany.




  
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Aug 24, 2017 09:58 as a reply to  @ Michael456's post |  #7

Hi Michael

They are pretty common in Southern Germany and here in Switzerland

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Aug 24, 2017 12:43 |  #8

ECC233 wrote in post #18435820 (external link)
Hi Michael

They are pretty common in Southern Germany and here in Switzerland

Ed

Thanks, that's good to know. Not sure how I managed to never notice them until recently :oops:
Hope I'll find some more soon to take more photos :-)




  
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